We've all had those nights out where the thought of taking off all that eyeliner seems incredibly daunting or doesn't even cross our minds at all. But ABCNews revealed what happens when you fall asleep with makeup on, and it isn't pretty. If you've been regularly sleeping in your makeup like The Bachelor's Brit, you might want to reconsider doing so.
ABCNews asked dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD, to spill the details on sleeping in makeup and she didn't sugarcoat the truth. Gohara explained, "The bottom line is that your skin uses sleep as an opportunity to recover from the day—and makeup makes that harder to do ... Leaving a layer of makeup on creates a barrier that can lead to acne." Eek.
And the risks of sleeping in makeup go beyond breakouts. Beyond the potential for acne, Rachel Nazarian, MD, told Refinery29, "Pollution from each day accumulates on the skin, mixing with makeup, dirt, and oil. This combination of free radicals and environmental stress has been shown to cause premature aging of skin." Furthermore, even mascara and eyeliner "can be rubbed by your pillow and end up in your eyes, which can lead to significant eye irritation," Dr. Eric Schweiger told Huffington Post.
With 2016 just around the corner, now is a great time to break the habit if you've been sleeping in makeup. To make things as easy as possible, I've scouted out the best makeup remover products that even the sleepiest (or tipsiest) of girls can use before bed!
1. Greek Yoghurt Cleansing Makeup Removing Wipes
Greek Yoghurt Cleansing Makeup Removing Wipes, $15, Korres
Full of probiotic cleansing properties to get rid of makeup and chamomile and jojoba oils to moisturize, these wipes deserve a permanent spot on your nightstand.
2. Essential Makeup Removing Wipes
Essential Makeup Removing Wipes, $7, PACIFICA
Coconut milk, jojoba, calendula, chamomile, and jasmine come together in this super portable pack of towelettes so you can remove your makeup no matter where you rest your head.
3. Wipe Your Face Off Make-Up Removing Facial Wipes
Wipe Your Face Off Make-Up Removing Facial Wipes, $5.99, Formula 10.0.6
Specifically designed to target stubborn foundation, mascara, and lipstick, these wipes are ready to swipe off your makeup no matter how glammed up you were before.
4. Unlock-It Makeup Remover Wipes
Unlock-It Makeup Remover Wipes, $10, Kat Von D
These oil and fragrance-free makeup remover wipes are perfect for even the most sensitive skin.
5. Cleansing Spa Water Cloths
Cleansing Spa Water Cloths, $13, Koh Gen Do
If you only have a little makeup to remove but want to wake up feeling extra refreshed, these spa water cloths infused with rosemary leaf, sage leaf, lavender, artemsia princeps leaf, perilla ocymoides leaf, ginger root will be your new favorite.
6. Take it Away LongWear Makeup Remover Towelettes
Take it Away LongWear Makeup Remover Towelettes, $20, Estee Lauder
Is your face covered in waterproof, stubborn makeup? These are the makeup remover wipes for you.
7. Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleansing Cloths
Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleansing Cloths, $15, Philosophy
With "one-step" in the name, you know these facial cloths are going to keep things simple. Each cloth is sturdy and able to get off stubborn makeup, but still gentle enough to use all over your face.
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